William Allen White Papers
A Finding Aid to the Collection in the Library of Congress
Manuscript Division, Library of CongressWashington, D.C.
2009Revised 2012 February
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LC Online Catalog record:http://lccn.loc.gov/mm78045377
Prepared by Grover Batts and David Mathisen with the assistance of Thelma Queen
Collection SummaryTitle: William Allen White PapersSpan Dates: 1859-1944Bulk Dates: (bulk 1899-1944)ID No.: MSS45377Creator: White, William Allen, 1868-1944Extent: 136,800 items ; 537 containers ; 198 linear feetLanguage: Collection material in EnglishLocation: Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.Summary: Newspaper editor. Letterpress books and personal and special correspondence relating mainly to White'spersonal life and career as editor of the Emporia Gazette.
Selected Search TermsThe following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Library's online catalog. They aregrouped by name of person or organization, by subject or location, and by occupation and listed alphabetically therein.
PeopleAddams, Jane, 1860-1935--Correspondence.Allen, Henry Justin, 1868-1950--Correspondence.Bailey, Roy F., 1883-1971--Correspondence.Bent, William Rose, 1886-1950--Correspondence.Beveridge, Albert J. (Albert Jeremiah), 1862-1927--Correspondence.Borah, William Edgar, 1865-1940--Correspondence.Bristow, Joseph Little, 1861-1944--Correspondence.Canby, Henry Seidel, 1878-1961--Correspondence.Capper, Arthur, 1865-1951--Correspondence.Carlson, Frank, 1893-1987--Correspondence.Coolidge, Calvin, 1872-1933--Correspondence.Costigan, Edward Prentiss, 1874-1939--Correspondence.Culbertson, William Smith, 1884-1966--Correspondence.Daniels, Josephus, 1862-1948--Correspondence.Darling, Jay N. (Jay Norwood), 1876-1962--Correspondence.Davis, Oscar K. (Oscar King), 1866-1932--Correspondence.Dolley, J. N.--Correspondence.Fadiman, Clifton, 1904-1999--Correspondence.Ferber, Edna, 1887-1968--Correspondence.Fisher, Dorothy Canfield, 1879-1958--Correspondence.Garfield, James Rudolph, 1865-1950--Correspondence.Garland, Hamlin, 1860-1940--Correspondence.Haas, Robert K., 1890-1964--Correspondence.Harding, Warren G. (Warren Gamaliel), 1865-1923--Correspondence.Haskell, Henry Joseph, 1874-1952--Correspondence.Hays, Will H. (Will Harrison), 1879-1954--Correspondence.Hoch, Edward Wallis, 1849-1925--Correspondence.Hodges, George H. (George Hartshorn), 1866-1947--Correspondence.Holt, Hamilton, 1872-1951--Correspondence.Hoover, Herbert, 1874-1964--Correspondence.Ickes, Harold L. (Harold LeClair), 1874-1952--Correspondence.Jordan, David Starr, 1851-1931--Correspondence.Kemp, Harry, 1883-1960--Correspondence.Landon, Alfred M. (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987--Correspondence.Lansing, Robert, 1864-1928--Correspondence.
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Lippmann, Walter, 1889-1974--Correspondence.Loeb, William, 1866-1937--Correspondence.Lorimer, George Horace, 1868-1937--Correspondence.Loveman, Amy--Correspondence.McCormick, Medill, 1877-1925--Correspondence.Mencken, H. L. (Henry Louis), 1880-1956--Correspondence.Menninger, Karl A. (Karl Augustus), 1893-1990--Correspondence.Morley, Christopher, 1890-1957--Correspondence.Murdock, Victor--Correspondence.Norris, George William, 1861-1944--Correspondence.Paulen, Benjamin Sanford, 1869-1961--Correspondence.Pearson, Drew, 1897-1969--Correspondence.Pinchot, Amos, 1873-1944--Correspondence.Pinchot, Gifford, 1865-1946--Correspondence.Ratner, Payne Harry, 1896-1974--Correspondence.Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949--Correspondence.Rees, Edward H. (Edward Herbert), 1886-1969--Correspondence.Roberts, Roy A. (Roy Allison), 1887-1967--Correspondence.Roosevelt, Franklin D. (Franklin Delano), 1882-1945--Correspondence.Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919--Correspondence.Roosevelt, Theodore, 1858-1919.Sandburg, Carl, 1878-1967--Correspondence.Scherman, Harry, 1887- --Correspondence.Sinclair, Upton, 1878-1968--Correspondence.Stubbs, Walter Roscoe, 1858-1929--Correspondence.Sullivan, Mark, 1874-1952--Correspondence.Sulzberger, Arthur Hays, 1891-1968--Correspondence.Taft, William H. (William Howard), 1857-1930--Correspondence.Tarbell, Ida M. (Ida Minerva), 1857-1944--Correspondence.Tumulty, Joseph P. (Joseph Patrick), 1879-1954--Correspondence.Villard, Oswald Garrison, 1872-1949--Correspondence.Wallace, Henry A. (Henry Agard), 1888-1965--Correspondence.White, Sallie 1869-1950--Correspondence.White, Walter, 1893-1955--Correspondence.White, William Allen, 1868-1944.White, William Lindsay, 1900-1973--Correspondence.Wilkins, Roy, 1901-1981--Correspondence.Wilson, Woodrow, 1856-1924--Correspondence.Wise, Stephen S. (Stephen Samuel), 1874-1949--Correspondence.Wood, Meredith, 1895-1974--Correspondence.Wright, Frank Lloyd, 1867-1959--Correspondence.
OrganizationsAmerican Society of Newspaper Editors.Associated Press--Correspondence.Book-of-the-Month Club.Kansas State University.Ku Klux Klan (1915- )Progressive Party (U.S. : 1912)Republican Party (Kan.)
SubjectsAmerican literature.American newspapers--Kansas.Book clubs (Bookselling)--United States.
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Books--United States--Reviews.Journalism--Kansas.Presidents--United States--Election--1912.Progressivism (United States politics)Universities and colleges--Kansas.
PlacesKansas--Politics and government--1865-1950.United States--Politics and government--1865-1933.United States--Politics and government--1933-1945.
The papers of William Allen White, newspaper editor, were given to the Library of Congress by his widow, Sallie LindsayWhite, and his son, William Lindsay White, in 1946. Additional items were received by purchase and gifts from others,1972-1983.
The William Allen White Papers were processed in 1970-1971 and expanded in 1985. The finding aid was revised in 2009.
The collection was described in the Library of Congress Quarterly Journal of Current Acquisitions 4 (Nov. 1946): 10-14.In 1978, the Library published William Allen White, a Register and Index of His Papers in the Library of Congress thatincludes an index to the General Correspondence series in the papers. The index is available as a PDF document.
Other collections in the Manuscript Division relating to twentieth-century Kansas politics include the papers of HenryJustin Allen and Victor Murdock.
The status of copyright in the unpublished writings of William Allen White is governed by the Copyright Law of the UnitedStates (Title 17, U.S.C.).
Access and Restrictions
The papers of William Allen White are open to research. Researchers are advised to contact the Manuscript Reading Roomprior to visiting. Many collections are stored off-site and advance notice is needed to retrieve these items for research use.
Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: Container number, William AllenWhite Papers, Manuscript Division, Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.
Biographical NoteDate Event1868, Feb. 10 Born, Emporia, Kans.
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1884 Graduated from El Dorado High School, El Dorado, Kans.
1884-1886 Attended College of Emporia, Emporia, Kans.
1886-1890 Attended Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans.
1890-1891 Business manager, El Dorado Republican
1891 Editorial writer, Kansas City Journal
1892-1895 Editorial writer, Kansas City Star
1893 Married Sallie Lindsay
1895-1944 Editor and owner, Emporia Gazette
1896, Aug. 15 Published the editorial What's the Matter With Kansas?
1896 Published The Real Issue. Chicago: Way and Williams
1900-1913 Regent, Kansas State University, Manhattan, Kans.
1909 Published A Certain Rich Man. New York: Macmillan Co.
1917 Went to France as an observer for the American Red Cross
1919 United States delegate to Russian conference at Prinkipo
1923 Awarded Pulitzer Prize for the editorial To an Anxious Friend
1926-1944 Member, board of judges, Book-of-the-Month Club
1930 Member, commission appointed by President Herbert Hoover to investigate conditions in Haiti
1931 Member, President's Organization for Unemployment Relief
1939 Chairman, Nonpartisan Committee for Peace through Revision of the Neutrality Act
1940-1941 Chairman, Committee to Defend America by Aiding the Allies
1944, Jan. 29 Died, Emporia, Kans.
Scope and Content NoteThe papers of William Allen White (1868-1944) span the years 1859-1944, with the bulk of the material from 1899 to1944. The collection consists almost entirely of correspondence and relates to White's personal life and career as editor ofthe Emporia Gazette who figured prominently in public affairs nationally and in Kansas. The letters range from requestsfrom autograph collectors and comments on editorials appearing in the Emporia Gazette that White edited to hisvoluminous and significant correspondence with each president from Theodore Roosevelt to Franklin D. Roosevelt. Thecollection is arranged in six series: Family Correspondence, Letterbooks, General Correspondence, SpecialCorrespondence, Miscellany, and Addition.
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The major aspects of White's career as a politician, newspaper editor, and author are richly illuminated in hiscorrespondence. In the area of politics,